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Emergence of Indian Arrival as a Vehicle for Mobilisation and Cultural Assertiveness
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

By Stephen Kangal
May 28, 2012

I thank the management of MTS for inviting me to speak at this IAD function and congratulate the Staff for the effectiveness of the décor that emphasizes the theme of Indian Arrival.

IAD is a celebration of the cultural impact of the distinct Indo-T&T personality during 50 years of Nationhood and One Hundred and Sixty-Seven Years of contributing to T&T.

It involves the harnessing or mobilization of the euphoria of Indian Heritage Month and sentiments to serve as a catalyst for political and cultural mobilisation, assertion, consciousness and resurgence.

I wish to suggest that although objectively slavery and Indentureship were inhumanely the same, subjectively the circumstances under which they were transported and the response of the victims and beneficiaries of these systems are very different.
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